How Many Faces Do You Have?
Poetry
6 x 9, 48 pp.
Pub Date: 06/06/2017
  paper
Price:        $8.95

978-1-68003-132-4

Published by Texas Review Press

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How Many Faces Do You Have?

Mike Schneider

How Many Faces Do You Have? is a poem sequence that interrogates intimacy, each poem a face the poet discovers, a reflection revealed in response to inner questioning. In a voice of quiet sonority, these lyrics journey from a high-school gym dance to a  moonlit beach polka. They linger over sushi in Montreal and an airline meal at 40,000 feet on a flight. They touch joy and pain and celebrate the vicissitudes of love that goes “into the tangled heartland / where there is no trail,” as a gift of being.

  A face

is such a strange thing. Obsessed

                               with distortion, Modigliani

 loved elongated faces

       like Tamara’s at a distance,

 a flattened oval, two black jewels. He

                   painted with a dagger

 in his teeth, they say, to see the face

       within the face — grave,

 cold-eyed as Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt,

                   whom I’ve always loved

                                                       for her name alone.

MIKE SCHNEIDER’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Hunger Mountain, New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry. His chapbook Rooster was a Main Street Rag Editor’s Choice in 2004. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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